Hello CREW! It has been just over three years since I’ve posted on here. Crazy! I remember when this forum was happenin’- with tons of new posts daily and everybody was just stoked to be a Cher fan. Oh how I miss 2008-2012!
Still a CHER fan and always will be - and I had the recent privilege of being in the front row at the opening night of ‘CLASSIC CHER’ at the gorgeous, brand new PARK THEATER at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas.
Now people are really bashing this show and I get it and I don't get it.
This is CHER. This is her show and this is the show that she has worked 50 years to get to. She loves the layout of her show (as we can tell - she’s used essentially the same show for her last 4 tours). I’m just excited that she's still around and still performing.
Anyways - now to opening night.
I arrived on Tuesday and I gotta say - I was underwhelmed with the lack of promotion there was around the city for the show. Remember at CAESARS when the marquee in front had the huge CHER logo just under the Caesars Palace banner? Remember the huge billboards advertising the show as you drove up the 15 into LV? Those were the days - cause there was none of that this time around for this show.
It was only when you actually got to the Monte Carlo that you saw the blurbs announcing that CHER was going to be performing there. And those blurbs always came with the announcements that BRUNO and RICKY were also going to be performing there as well. No special Opening Night banner, no mention that the show was her first time back in a while. Just CHER.
On Wednesday, I stopped by the Monte Carlo again right around 4PM and made my way into the CHER Store. I had stopped by on Tuesday and there was NO new merchandise whatsoever. I was pretty ticked because I legitimately thought there was going to be no new merchandise at all.
But to my surprise on Wednesday - there was actually a ton of new stuff. Jackets with CLASSIC CHER printed on them, a healthy array of t-shirts, a new program and more. The new program ended up being just the D2K program with a new front and back cover - but still very nice!
That’s when I started getting super amped for the show however. Just SO excited.
Went back to my hotel, and got ready, and headed back over to the MC around 7PM.
And at this moment - I am just STOKED beyond words. Huge line outside the Park Theater that moved quickly, and we were inside. Made our way to the seats around 7:20 and they were just fantastic. Front row and took some pictures with our arms on the stage. I was totally surprised with how small the theater seemed. I believe it’s something like 4000 seats (don’t quote me on that) but it seemed like even the last row in the balcony was right there. Just like the Colosseum, I don't think there’s a bad seat in the house.
The time passed quickly as 8PM approached, and right around 8:02PM - ‘YOU SHOULD BE DANCING” by the Bee Gee’s blared across the speakers in the room, and I knew that it was time. If you recall - this is how the Colosseum show started.
The same video montage from D2K opened the show, but it’s chill because I really LOVED that intro. The main curtain went up about halfway through the video and revealed a smaller curtain that just graced the center of the stage. The second the montage ended, that smaller curtain dropped to reveal Cher herself, on that same floating throne that ended the D2K tour for ‘I Hope You Find It’.
Let me tell you something now - the opening costume is BEAUTIFUL. Pictures don't do it justice. It’s just a hell of a piece - especially when she’s wearing those large feathers that come off early into WOMEN’S WORLD. I like WW as the opening song. It’s loud, fun, and gets the crowd on their feet. Glad she stuck with that song opening this time around.
Same video graphics as D2K for WW. The song got edited a little bit differently, and I wanna say they skipped the first or second verse.
Right after that it went right into STRONG ENOUGH. I was just in heaven. She was having a ton of fun onstage at this point. She sounded great, looked great, and there was some great new choreography for this one.
After that, monologue time! But it wasn't really a monologue. A little awkward at times, and it seemed like Cher really didnt know what to talk about. “NO POLITICS” she said early on. It proceeded into a Q&A with fans asking some silly questions. A really nice concept but I was hoping for some real questions like “What’s next?”, “How’s the musical coming along?”, “Another album?” but there was none of that.
After that she left the stage and we heard the opening noted of GAYATRI MANTRA and I knew we were in for an oldie but a goodie! The elephant peeped its head out and I was just stoked. I mean this is a CLASSIC Cher number. I never saw the Farewell tour - so I was just so excited to finally see this in person.
She came out on top of the Elephant in a slightly different variation of the F.T. costume, and proceeded to sing ALL OR NOTHING (a song that hasn't been sung live in probably 8 years!).
Same choreography as the F.T. and same costumes for the dancers. Just totally CLASSIC.
After that it proceeded into the 60’s Medley we’ve all come to know. ALL I REALLY WANNA DO, THE BEAT GOES ON, and I GOT YOU BABE. Wearing the same Colosseum costume for all three songs.
After that came GYPSIES and DARK LADY, in the same costume as the Colosseum show, but in the production routine for the D2K tour.
HALF BREED followed in the same D2K costume - but again - its CLASSIC!
After that came WELCOME TO BURLESQUE again in the same routine as D2K. (this is a number that I don't particularly care for to be honest - just not a huge fan of the song).
PAUSE-----At this point I knew that this was just the Farewell tour, Colosseum show, and D2K shows all put together into one. Which I was completely fine with! They’re all superb shows and it’s a great way to see some of the pieces and numbers if you missed any of those shows.
TAKE ME HOME came next and I was stoked. I was really bummed that this was skipped on the D2K tour cause it’s such a fun number. New disco routine to introduce the song and Cher came out in the same turquoise disco costume that she had at the Colosseum show. This was the only one where I wish she had a different costume. I was secretly hoping for the Believe tour version of this one - the silver one. But I’ll live without it - she looks amazing in this color.
Then some video montage played (I wanna say the Cher in Movies one), and I watched the stage fill up with smoke and I knew AFTER ALL was next. The same boat from the Colosseum show emerged from the wings, but this time Cher came out in just a beautiful, oh-my-god costume resembling some sort of angel or goddess and she just looked incredible. I remember audibly gasping when I saw her. It’s such a fabulous piece.
I was bummed that she didnt wear this costume for longer, cause for me, was the highlight costume of the show.
A Cher-Elvis video montage played after the song was finished, paving the way for WALKING IN MEMPHIS. Blonde wig, pink blouse, and jeans - CLASSIC. Did the song and didnt talk after it which surprised me. I remember her always saying a couple words in between these songs at this point in the show.
Right after WIM came SHOOP SHOOP.
YES! I’ve never heard this one live. Cher was still in that casual outfit, but the dancers came out in really nice 60’s inspired outfits that I’ve never seen before.
Right after this came an instrumental BANG BANG with the dancers in the same leotard costumes as the F.T., and doing the same dance routine with the red curtains. I was hoping Cher would come out to actually sing this one - but alas, no.
After that routine came what I knew would be the start of the finale of the show.
I FOUND SOMEONE and TURN BACK TIME. Same costume as the past three shows. I found during these songs - Cher seemed a little on edge. She wasn't really having fun with these two and I couldn't tell why.
The house curtain closed after TBT ended, and then reopened quickly as the dancers did a similar version of the dance that opened BELIEVE up on the D2K tour.
She came out in a similar fashion to the Believe tour, on a platform in the back of the stage that elevated her up well above the audience, then came down and onto the stage.
Believe had a different arrangement than I remember any of the other shows having. Same costume as the D2K tour and the costume in the last leg of the Colosseum show - again, CLASSIC.
She had a ton of fun with Believe and went down the stage to clap hands with everyone in the front row at the end of it. Then she left, just as quickly as she came.
House curtain came down and that was it.
This show LITERALLY, like I said before, is the last three CHER shows put together into one. It’s a lot of fun and really is the essential CHER (in my opinion).
I have a couple of comments for this show to be better and that would be to not have as many costume changes. There’s a ton and it takes away from the time that Cher does have on stage. Another would be to talk a little more. Besides the opening monologue, she did not say anything really to the audience. It was her least talkative show yet.
Other than that though, it was a totally solid show that I cant wait to see again.